Death Race 2000 is an action sci-fi film set in a dystopian version of the future. It follows a race between several celebrities across America with each driver gaining points for the number of civilians they kill. One of the drivers, Frankenstein (David Carradine) is a legend of the race and has escaped death on countless occasions; he is pitted head to head against a never experienced (but far less popular) racer ‘Machine Gun Joe’ (Sylvester Stallone) whilst also attempting to survive sabotage attempts from rebels.

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To begin with I must say that the film has many problems that you’d expect from a mid-budget seventies film; the effects are mostly good however the costumes and cars look ridiculous (although this could also be because I have lived through the year 2000). It is not a film which has aged well and it is obvious from the outset what you are going to get.

 

However despite this the film is till reasonably fun to watch – there are long periods of talking which sometimes drag – but for the most part it is well-paced with the deaths being particularly entertaining.

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The film also works well as a scathing satire on dictatorships and freedom as the world accepts the race and seemingly enjoys watching it (very much like the Hunger Games); one moment that I found particularly interesting was an interview with a new widow who after having her husband killed in the race wins a holiday; the way the poor woman is treated by the media was really incredible and raised a lot of valid questions in whether the media should be allowed to take advantage of the vulnerable in the way they do.

 

I have scored the film as follows:

Story – 4/5

Style – 2/5

Technical – 2/5

Enjoyment – 3/5

 

The film therefore receives a score of 5/10.